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Old 23-10-2006, 09:16 PM   #1
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Sorry to keep going on about ZX, but just noticed something whilst doing my research.

LB1 keeps moving in the photos. Most show the tip of the nose slightly forward of the join with the MEV. In the launch sequence before the MEV joins, the nose is jutting out over the end of the front of the Main Body. Next shot shows it is further back beyond the end. And in one photo when TB2 is flying underneath LB1 is so far forward most of the nose is over the MEV!!!!

Looks like they were attached by some sort of self adhesive which allowed variance where the LBs could be attached.

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Old 23-10-2006, 09:43 PM   #2
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There appears to be no definate connecting positions for the lifting bodies. Lift Body 2 is probably the worst, moving from being as far back as possible (without falling off) to being half way up the fuselage!!
Lift Body 1 was probably moved forward at the end on the movie just to allow space for the support wires to Thunderbird 2.
The bit that puzzled me during my recent build were the two central air intakes which seem to alternate between vertical and horizontal grills.
Also the position of the escape capsule which fans/model makers over the years seem to have decided is just behind the crew cabin of the MEV where the gun turret should be, but is not identified on the film or original models.
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Old 23-10-2006, 10:00 PM   #3
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Thanks very much.

Can't really go wrong then:-)! I'll just position them where I think looks best. I'm hoping embedded magnets will do the job.

I trust you are talking about the LB grills? All the photos I have show horizontal grills, but must admit vertical ones would look better.

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Old 24-10-2006, 04:57 PM   #4
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Could one argue that the Lifting Body placement depends on how much fuel is being carried by Zero-X due to weight distribution?

Hang about! It's only a movie...
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Old 24-10-2006, 05:03 PM   #5
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Could one argue that the Lifting Body placement depends on how much fuel is being carried by Zero-X due to weight distribution?
Heh, perhaps, just perhaps you have just a little too much time on your hands.

Good points though......
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Old 24-10-2006, 05:43 PM   #6
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Not from the 6th of November I won't! Will be starting work at last after waiting 3 months for the security vetting to finish...
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Old 24-10-2006, 06:29 PM   #7
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Hmmm, one might also take into consideration its flight profile. Upon take-off it's presumably nose up and heading for the stars. Coming back presumably some level flight and nose down descending to the runway.
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Old 24-10-2006, 07:39 PM   #8
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Nah! It's just bad continuity. TB's R Go was on today. Even during the title assembly sequence, the front lifting body kept moving between shots. First the central spike was overhanging the end of the fuselage and then when the MEV backs up onto the front, the liftuing body is further back.
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Old 24-10-2006, 09:51 PM   #9
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Yeah, that was the sequence I was refering to in my orginal posting. I know that there were plenty continuity problems during the TV series, but you would think with the amount of money being spent on the film they would have taken a wee bit of time to ensure some sort of continuity in this respect. Wouldn't have taken too much effort.

But then again it has taken some of us 40 years to notice:-)!!!

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Old 25-10-2006, 06:35 PM   #10
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The daftest thing is how small Thunderbird 2 is next to the Zero X, they should have used the large scale TB2 model during the end sequence.
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Old 25-10-2006, 07:27 PM   #11
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TB2 should be at least twice the size it appears.
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Old 25-10-2006, 10:13 PM   #12
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And TB2 in Operation Crashdive is tiny in comparison to the Fireflash. If TB2 is supposed to be 250 ft long, Fireflash would be over 1000!!!!!

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Old 25-10-2006, 11:37 PM   #13
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I was going to mention "Operation Crashdive". If you bear in mind the size of the three (four) elevator cars that Fireflash lands on in the first episode and the fact they came out of TB2's pod, it shows you how ludicrously small TB2 is in Op Cr.
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